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Name: Christine
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Feb 28, 2012 5:40 PM CST

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I know it's still early but it's been warmer than usual for this time of year this way.

Some of the wildflowers are already starting to show up! How about your way?

Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica

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Trout lily, Erythronium labium; the honey bees are visiting them.

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chelle
Feb 28, 2012 6:07 PM CST
Cool!

I've ordered some Claytonia virginica for our woods. I love it.

Two years ago I planted some yellow (? I think) Trout lilies along one of our paths. I'm hoping it blooms this year.

Buds are swelling on our Maple trees, and some of our shrubs have new leaves, but no blooming wildflowers yet. I've been watching the protected spots in the woods, they're usually the first places we'll see spring ephemerals.
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Horntoad
Feb 29, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Lots of this starting to bloom.

Crows Poison
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Bur-clover
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Carolina Geranium
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Henbit
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Chicweed
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Dandelion
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Texas Dandelion
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Blackberries
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Ranunculus
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Australian Violet
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 29, 2012 3:29 PM CST
Beautiful!

Thanks, Jay!

We're so warm here today that I saw a honeybee. I felt so bad for it; there's nothing blooming here yet, not even the maples.
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Name: Christine
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Feb 29, 2012 4:24 PM CST

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Wow Jay! You are ahead of us too! Nice pics!

Chelle, we are both ahead of you! I love the Claytonia too. I've never tried collecting the seeds, they are such fragile little flowers I don't know if I could find them. lol

I just hope we don't get another late cold spell.

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LindaTX8
Mar 3, 2012 5:57 PM CST
Crow's Poison I also saw last week, at the nearest P.O. The common dandelion, I saw in San Antonio by the beginning of February...they're done now. The Bur-clover is blooming here. Some others here:
Baby Blue-Eyes
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Mexican Plum

Spiderwort

Four-Nerve Daisy

Blackfoot Daisy
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Mar 4, 2012 7:22 AM CST

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Love the early blooms! Lovey dubby

The tiny bluets are showing up in the grass...

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One of the violets that grows here ~
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Pussytoes are starting to pop up
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chelle
Mar 4, 2012 7:31 AM CST
So pretty!

I'm attempting to add a lot of different wildflower species to my gardens this year. Several of these are among them, so it's extra neat to see these pictures. Smiling
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Mar 4, 2012 7:44 AM CST

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That 's great, Chelle! The great thing about the native wildflowers is that once they are growing, you don't have to do much else except enjoy them.
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chelle
Mar 4, 2012 7:53 AM CST
That's exactly why I want them....that and to help support our local critter population. Smiling

I'm finding out that there's quite a bit of experimentation involved in germinating some of these wildflower seeds; there's not as much information available out there as there is for certain other garden plants. It's fun though...
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Mar 4, 2012 8:48 AM CST

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That is so true. I have had seeds sitting in pots for a couple of years before they sprouted. By then I had already planted some other seeds in the same pot so it's a real surprise to see what is growing!! Rolling on the floor laughing

I have found that the best way is to plant in the fall and that way they will be exposed to the elements. Some will sprout right away, working their roots in and overwintering. But, whatever temps suit them best will often prompt them to grow. Sometimes there is the scarification factor, so on harder seeds, or fruit seeds, it's often a good idea to give them a little sandpaper rub or knick them. Wintersowing works pretty good too, as you know! Thumbs up Big Grin
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chelle
Mar 4, 2012 8:53 AM CST
With most of these I bought larger amounts of seed - I'm trying some of them in at least three different ways! Hilarious! If I don't get germination this spring, I'll have some left over for fall sowing...I'm determined to succeed with at least a fair portion of them! Big Grin
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LindaTX8
Mar 4, 2012 8:27 PM CST
A redbud tree blooming by the side of the road today. Not sure which species.
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Mar 5, 2012 12:55 PM CST

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Very pretty! Lovey dubby
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jmorth
Mar 13, 2012 2:53 AM CST
This tiny flower is blooming w/ chickweed. Size of flower is about the same, around a quarter inch.

Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Horntoad
Mar 13, 2012 6:20 AM CST
That is Veronica persica.
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chelle
Mar 13, 2012 1:13 PM CST
I just saw a nice big patch of those here today....lovely little bits of blue! Big Grin Thanks for the name Jay, I didn't know that one. Thumbs up
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Mar 13, 2012 4:58 PM CST

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I have noticed them blooming too! I agree Thank you Jay! I didn't know the name either... Veronica persica.

More Spring beauty ~


I didn't plant this anemone, it showed up under a tree... so I'm not sure if it's a native wildflower or not? I couldn't find a match for it.


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frostweed
Mar 13, 2012 6:50 PM CST

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Yes it is native Tenpetal anemone; http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/bio406d/images/pics/ran/anemone_be...
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Name: Christine
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Mar 14, 2012 8:43 AM CST

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Thank you Josephine! I was hoping it was. Smiling
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